Charles Horner Sterling Silver Thimble, Rd No. 73626, Chester 1893


Charles Horner Sterling Silver Thimble, Rd No. 73626, Chester 1893

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Charles Horner Sterling Silver Thimble, Rd No. 73626, Chester 1893:
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Charles Horner Sterling Silver Thimble,
RD No. 73626, Chester 1893

DESCRIPTION

Victorian sterling silver thimble by Charles Horner of Halifax. "Diamond" or waffle pattern top over a plain border. Hallmarked in the border: RD 73626, 11 (the size), C·H (for Charles Hornerr), the lion passant for sterling silver, the Chester (town shield) Assay Office mark and the date letter uppercase "K" for 1893. In excellent condition - in round and free of holes, dents, damage and repairs. Nice crisp detail. It looks unused. Height approx. 2.2 cm; internal base diameter 1.4 cm; weight 4.7 grams.

The RD number 73626 on this thimble is of course the wrong number. The RD number for the Charles Horner Diamond pattern thimble was RD 73624. RD number 73626 was in fact accorded to a device for testing miners' lamps!


RD Number 73624 - An Explanation

Norma Spicer and Diane Pelham Burn in British Registered Design Thimbles explain further:

"RD Number 73624 registered May 11, 1887 by Charles Horner of Halifax - owner and maker. Known as the 'Diamond' pattern thimble, it is like a grid with faceted centres to the squares. The number registered with the Patent Design Office is definitely as above, (design shown on a flat piece of brass in register) however, so far no thimble has been noted with this number.

The large number that have been checked, mainly on Dorcas, but also on silver, have the end number as being a six (RD 73626). There is a possibility that the Design Patent Office sent out the wrong certificate, however as there were only three metal designs registered on that date, this seems unlikely. The alternative is that the person making the punch for the registered numbers was given the set of numbers ending with a six instead of a four. Either way, the mistake was not noticed in time, or if it was, the decision was made to leave it as it had been punched. This would not have affected the protection on the thimble, as far as competitors were concerned, as they would not have been aware of the mistake. RD 73626 is actually for a metal cylinder for testing the safety of miner's lamps, registered by William Paterson of Durham."


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Charles Horner Sterling Silver Thimble, Rd No. 73626, Chester 1893:
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